Boone and Blowing Rock

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Boone is the central hub of North Carolina’s High Country. While Boone is more of a college town thanks to Appalachian State University, nearby Blowing Rock provides the sort of mountain resort feel that the adults want. If you have kids, there is Tweetsie Railroad and most of the state’s ski resorts. As for waterfalls, there isn’t much to see because the topography of the region just doesn’t allow it. What waterfalls do exist are either pretty puny or on private property. The major falls that do exist and have been mapped are likely going to be heavily trafficked, but if you’re vacationing in the area and want to add a little nature, there are several good choices.

Blowing Rock is named for the Blowing Rock geologic formation, which extends over 1,500 feet above the Johns River gorge – although the actual “Blowing Rock” itself is only a couple dozen feet tall. Due to the rock’s shape, wind currents from the gorge blow vertically, which cause lightweight objects to float upwards.

Buckeye Creek Falls
Carter Falls
Cascade Falls
Craborchard Falls
Duggers Creek Falls
Elk Falls
Glen Burney Falls
Green Mountain Falls
Laurel Creek Falls
Linville Falls
Moravian Falls
Otter Falls
Riverview Falls
Silvervale Falls
Stone Mountain Falls
Upper Creek Falls
Walker Hollow Falls
Waterfalls Park Falls
Widow’s Creek Falls